Alabama Tourism’s Edith Parten accompanied Dallas Morning News Travel Editor Mary Ellen Botter on a trip to Alabama’s Gulf Coast trip in November touring sites along the Alabama Scenic Byway. The Dallas Morning News is the major daily newspaper serving the Dallas area with a circulation of 264,000 daily subscribers.
From the article “Don’t forget the beaches: Mobile Bay’s true grits are only one of its attractions” by Mary Ellen Botter in the Dallas Morning News:
Weigh two strategies for cruising the rim of Mobile Bay, much of it included in a new scenic byway, Alabama’s Coastal Connection. Option One: Leaving Interstate 10 at Mobile, take in the western shore, with its fewer but worthy stops, connecting to the eastern side via a car ferry at the bottom of the bay where it opens to the Gulf of Mexico. Or (Option Two), circle starting with the eastern edge, which has hours and days of enticements. Either direction, it’s a drive of about 120 miles, compact enough that you could base yourself in any town and have access to the whole. End with at least a day at Mobile, because it would be a mistake to miss the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, where kids can perform virtual heart surgery or design a roller coaster; the splendidly renovated Battle House Hotel; the Mobile Carnival Museum, where robes of Mardi Gras royalty glitter; the rebuilt, 18th-century Fort Condé; the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park; and the good eats on Dauphin Street.